“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” “Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” – Albert Schweitzer, Born Jan. 14, 1875.
This is a two-for. Two quotes from the same guy, but I think they are interrelated.
If you want to influence people, you may have heard the phrase “lead by example”.
I've talked about something similar myself and I call it the “bellwether effect”.
Do the stuff you want to learn how to do. Document this process and share it in real time. You will build an audience of people who want to imitate you.
Practice makes you better. They see you transform. They want to transform, too. The follow the steps they see you take. Some who follow will reach their own goals and you get credit for helping.
Now, if the thing you are doing and becoming is something they want to do/be pretty bad, for health or wealth or whatever reason, they will pay good money to be warned about the gotchas and shown the shortcuts.
Do it for long enough, and your crowd sees you as a true expert.
You've proved you walked your talk – the evidence has been published. The proof is self-apparent. And you already have a gaggle of true fans and a growing legion of followers. So to outsiders just discovering you, the fact that you have a crowd makes you worth following.
Why? Because imitating you WORKS, and so people follow.
Do you think this is something you can imitate?
<!—- lagniappe Let’s break down what I call the “bellwether effect” here. First, a bellwether is the male sheep who is the “leader” of the flock. Not because he is smartest or strongest. Just because he moves first, and all the other sheep follow. Why does he move first? Boredom. Whim. Who knows? All the shepherd knows is, you put a bell on the sheep that changes its mind first, and all the rest will go where that bell rings. Savvy? So WE become that bellwether. WE move, and make it easy for the sheep to follow BECAUSE we leave clues, instructions, courses, tools, etc. You don’t have to “declare” yourself a leader. You just make sure people behind you can follow. Gather enough people who like what you do, and want you to tell them how to do it - you BECOME a leader. That simple. —->
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